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White Birch Dubbel | White Birch Brewing

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Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgain Style Dubbels have a history going back to the mid 1800s. Our interpretation of this style is a ruby mahogany colored beer highlighted by toffee, caramel and dark ripe fruit notes with a subtle dry finish. Great on it’s own or paired with chocolate, red meats or fish.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 10-22-2009

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3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of brentk56
2.18/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Batch One: 10/5/09

Appearance: Far too light in color, pours amber with a modest head; no lacing

Smell: Just a vague hint of caramel - nothing else

Taste: Vaguely sweet, up front, but the caramel is quickly overtaken by a green apple flavor that dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, this sure doesn't taste like a Dubbel; more like a combination of unsweetened apple juice and artificial sweetener

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -51%

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1.5/5  rDev -51%

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1.5/5  rDev -51%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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2/5  rDev -34.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of illidurit
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 116 shared at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. The brewer’s description invokes toffee, caramel and ripe fruit. What I get is toffee and caramel left in your pocket after your pants went through the laundry, and unripe fruit -- mainly scuzzy apple juice notes. Tastes old, and like it wasn’t too good in the beginning either.

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3/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an orval glass, color is amber, with light tan head tht presents somewhat thinly but lingers on top

Smell is very is mainly some brown, toasty malt with hint of caramel. no phenols or yeasty notes.

Taste is sugary, touch of toasted type flavors hint of caramel, no phenols or yeast.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean, not too carbonated, flavors come in and linger lightly, little bitter finish.

Overall, a very sub par dubbel, something mixed between a brown ale splashed with some notes of something that might be a dubbel but never lives up to it.

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2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Brown bodied beer with some orange in it. Bit of tan head that left a bit of stick on the glass.

S - Smells sweet, a little sugary. Maybe some spices. Doesn't smell like any Dubbel I've tasted.

T - Tastes more like a brown ale than anything else. Kind of reminds me of Moose Drool or whatever that brown ale is, or at least, a poorer version of it. Really tastes a bit like a cheap cola, think RC.

M - Too fizzy for the style, but perfect along the lines of trying to make a cola/beer hybrid. Medium bodied.

O - It's a pretty unoffensive beer, but it's not good, and it's not a dubbel. Guessing they misprinted some labels and then just used them anyway. Oh well, for them, this isn't a bad beer. Fails as a dubbel, but whatever.

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2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Alex! Good beer/bad beer tasting. 22oz bomber poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours a mirkey orange/brown color, white head, thin collar.

S - Light spice, generic sweetness, malts. The spice is subtle and nice, the sweetness smells a little "fake" (think Nutrisweet) to me, and the malts help hide the sweetness a bit. Not offending, which is good.

T - Watery spice, light malts, touch of caramel sweetness, pretty generic and un-Dubbel-like. Almost reminds me of an American Brown Ale. The alcohol is barley noticeable, and for 9%, that's damn impressive. Again, not offending...go WB!

M - Too thin, light body, good carbonation, watery clean finish.

O - Well, it's not a good Dubbel, but the beer doesn't smell or taste bad, which is a step forward from my previous White Birch experiences. I cannot recommend this to those who are looking to try a Dubbel, but if you want to try a drinkable WB beer, this is all you!

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2.44/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Ethan! Batch Four, consisting of 1536 bottles. Bottled December 10th, 2010. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - A dime of tan foam settles to a thin ring, wispy patches, and a few tiny lace spots. Hazy brown body.

S - Reminds me of corn starch and off-brand cola. Perhaps a hint of tobacco and anise in there too. Reminds me quite a bit of adjunct-brewed Guinness from the tropics.

T - The taste is a bit better, but it mostly tastes like fizzy sugar water. There's a hint of chocolate, and some seltzer flavors as well.

M - Zesty carbonation, surprisingly medium-light body, dry texture, well-hidden alcohol, and a sticky finish.

D - Congratulations! You've just brewed the worlds first 9% cola! Fairly easy to drink actually, but horribly off-target for a dubbel.

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -51%

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2/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.87/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into tulip. Serving temperature from 48 to 55F. Batch 4.

A: Light brown, ample head dissipating fairly rapidly. No lacing.

S: Roasted and toasted malts dominate. Smells like a dry stout.

T: Metallic, not much Belgian yeast character. Strong roasted flavors with a touch of dark sugar.

M: Thin, lightly carbonated.

Overall this doesn't seem like a dubbel at all ? Somewhere between a stout and a Belgian strong dark ale.

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3/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

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1.28/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a Rochefort chalice on 8/9/11

Bottled Feb 4, 2010; Batch One

Thanks(?) to MbpBugeye for sharing

Ugly, murky brown. Muddy pond water - with bubbles! One finger head crackles out quickly to a thin layer of popping bubbles. The head holds fairly well, I guess. No lace.

Smells terrible - rotten tomato paste, garbage, yeast, biscuit, spoiled banana and a cluster of other disgustingly over-ripe fruit. Cherry air freshener aromas as it warms. I don't want to taste it. And yep, it tastes terrible; nay, pathetic. Dead and withered fruit... notes, I suppose. Tea leaves and earth. Vapid implosions of cocoa dust on the finish. Thin body with way too much carbonation. Meddled, dirty finish. Dry erase marker.

This beer is very unpleasant; though a little less so as it warms. Regardless, it's atrocious.

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White Birch Dubbel from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 62 ratings
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